Copley Square

By - 1/15/09 - 8:54 am

NECN informs us of this fact:

... In the morning hours around Copley Square, only those who needed to be out and about actually were doing so. Runners who typically start their morning with an wakeup jog chose otherwise. There was very little hustle or bustle. ...

And, yes, of course they interviewed a couple of utility guys glad to be able to warm up by going down a manhole.

Ed. Note: Last night, Boston School Superintendent Carol Johnson robo-called us to remind us to bundle the kidlet up this morning. I wonder how much that call cost.

By - 1/15/09 - 7:54 am

Be posts some video of a pro-Israel rally in Copley Square last night.

By - 12/29/08 - 11:40 am

Scooterdude, the guy you see floating around Copley Square on a scooter powered by wind filling his plastic-bag sail, reports on conditions during a ride yesterday evening:

... The physical pressure of the strong winds combined with the visual of red lights flashing and the audio of the horns [from passing firetrucks] made for the perfect effect that everything had been choreographed and timed. I wasn't prepared for all of it at once nor could I seize the chance at what might have been the greatest 'surf' yet!

I was only able to grab hold of the wind-scooter and hold on tight so we both wouldn't be toppled over and capsize.

By - 12/15/08 - 4:15 pm

Although the afternoon performance is still canceled, the evening performance at the Church with the Giant Crack will go on, but with a piano, not the organ, FirstNight tweets.

By - 12/12/08 - 6:45 pm

Since the organ can't be used thanks to the crack caused by an MBTA elevator contractor (yes, that crack). Via FirstNight tweet.

By - 12/9/08 - 5:28 pm

Boston Police report that people walking through Copley Square last evening objected to Adan Ibrahim's technique, which they say consisted of going up to them and demanding, "Give me a dollar or I'll punch you in the face."

He was charged with being a disorderly person.

Innocent, etc.

By - 12/4/08 - 10:08 pm

Alecia Batson reports on a crack that starts at the foundation, goes at least 30 feet up and is large enough at some points to put your hand in. And it's on the Dartmouth Street side, right where the MBTA is doing its never-ending Copley work, which is why she's written an open letter to the T (speaking for herself, not the church) asking what it's going to do about it:

... The organ should not be played, now, as it could prompt large portions of the plaster to fall. This directly affects the Boston Secession concert that will take place there tomorrow evening, Friday, 5 December 2008, as the concert makes use of the organ. Will my friends' concert take place? We do not yet know. Tomorrow, structural engineers will determine if the sanctuary is even safe for habitation. Will church services take place this coming Sunday? Only time will tell. ...

By - 11/22/08 - 9:16 am

A Proper Bostonian said farewell to the Copley Square farmers' market yesterday:

By - 11/5/08 - 12:26 am

Channel 5 reports.

BPL Main Branch steps filled with Obama supporters yelling "USA! USA! USA" and "Yes we can!"

Heather: "It's almost like a World Series celebration." Well, yeah, except without the rioting and people dying.

Celebration in Davis Square.

By - 10/19/08 - 10:59 am

Take a ride from downtown to Copley Square on a 1903 trolley, courtesy Thomas Edison's film company:

Via Somerville STEP by way of Sam Baltrusis.

By - 9/14/08 - 12:54 pm

Scooterdude, that guy you see sailing around Copley Square on a scooter and a sail made out of a plastic bag, reports a Tokyo news crew spent some time videoing him recently:

... Perfect weather, gusty winds, to catch the scooter-sailing on video and carry the images off to Japan. ...

By - 9/13/08 - 3:26 pm

BostonZest reports on the fresh local organic ginger at the Copley Square farmer's market:

... Since 2006, Old Friends Farm has been experimenting with growing this tropical treasure right here in Massachusetts. Naturally, they plant it inside very early in the Spring.

"We have chosen not to use any fossil fuels to grow it, so for us that means growing it in a cold frame or an unheated greenhouse," said Farmer Casey Steinberg. ...

By - 9/5/08 - 8:31 am

Michael Burstein reports Copley Square was just full of clowns this morning, for Cirque du Soleil.

By - 7/10/08 - 8:29 am

Dave Daniels takes some photos.

By - 7/9/08 - 3:17 pm

Michael Burstein wonders:

When is it appropriate to interrupt a meeting at work to alert your co-workers to the presence of a red-tailed hawk?

Burstein found what seemed like an appropriate moment and so everybody broke for a few minutes and he took some photos of the hawk perched on the ledge outside their conference room nine stories above Copley Square today.

By - 6/12/08 - 5:43 pm

Wow, it looks even worse than our lawn:

Last week, there was some sort of event on Copley Square. A huge white tent was erected. I never found out what it was for. I wish I knew.

I hope they had a wonderful, WONDERFUL, time.

By - 5/22/08 - 7:38 pm

Being diabetic is no excuse for urinating in the middle of the Copley Square park, because there are a number of nearby public restrooms, Boston Police advise.

Also click on the link to read about Masshole justice in Dorchester.

By - 4/1/08 - 1:50 pm

No, there's no punchline:

... But by 10 a.m., dozens of police had surrounded the bank and were waiting for equipment to cut through the chains and the bicycle lock looped through the door and around one protester's neck. ...

The story also raises that perennial question: Is Copley Square part of downtown?

By - 3/30/08 - 1:20 pm
Long-distance runners in their own way

I was on Boylston Street in Copley Square around noon when a couple of motorcycle cops came through, lights flashing. Then these three runners (you can't tell from the photo, but the guy is holding a lit torch). Then several vehicles with monks and other people calling for human rights in Tibet. And then the regular flow of traffic.